Season Cast 59

  1. Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

    Jim Nelson (7 Episodes)

  2. Robert Lindsay
  3. Lindsay Duncan
  4. Julie Walters

    Julie Walters

    Mrs. Murray (7 Episodes)

  5. Dearbhla Molloy
  6. Tom Georgeson

    Tom Georgeson

    Lou Barnes (7 Episodes)

  7. Andrew Schofield
  8. Alan Igbon

    Alan Igbon

    Teddy (7 Episodes)

  9. Michael Angelis
  10. David Ross

    David Ross

    Mr Weller (7 Episodes)

  11. Philip Whitchurch
  12. Daniel Massey

    Daniel Massey

    Grosvenor (7 Episodes)

  13. Jane Danson
  14. Peter-Hugo Daly
  15. Paul Daneman

    Paul Daneman

    Mervyn Sloan (7 Episodes)

  16. Bill Stewart

    Bill Stewart

    Geoff (7 Episodes)

  17. Julia St. John
  18. Colin Douglas

    Frank Twist (7 Episodes)

  19. Jimmy Mulville

    Jimmy Mulville

    Philip (7 Episodes)

  20. Amanda Mealing

    Amanda Mealing

    Beth (7 Episodes), (2 Episodes)

  21. John Henshaw
  22. Anna Friel

    Anna Friel

    Susan Nelson (7 Episodes)

  23. Edward Mallon

    Mark Nelson (7 Episodes)

  24. Ayesa Toure

    Monica (7 Episodes)

  25. Michael Fernandez

    Jake (7 Episodes)

  26. Paul Oldham

    Joey (7 Episodes)

  27. Gary Mavers

    Gary Mavers

    Billy (7 Episodes)

  28. Wayne Foskett

    Macker (7 Episodes)

  29. Niall Toibin
  30. Clifford Rose
  31. William Gaunt

    William Gaunt

    Hunningdon (7 Episodes)

  32. Paul Butterworth

    Terry (7 Episodes)

  33. Freddie Fletcher
  34. Peter Armitage

    Peter Armitage

    Mr Burns (7 Episodes)

  35. Jean Anderson

    Jean Anderson

    Dr Goldup (7 Episodes)

  36. William Franklyn
  37. James Tomlinson

    Stan (7 Episodes)

  38. Jake Abraham

    Jake Abraham

    Black Waiter (7 Episodes)

  39. Noreen Kershaw
  40. Judith Barker

    Judith Barker

    Margie (7 Episodes)

  41. Debra Gillett

    Sylvia (7 Episodes)

  42. Chris Darwin

    Barry (7 Episodes)

  43. Ken Kitson

    Vince (7 Episodes)

  44. Kulvinder Ghir

    Kulvinder Ghir

    Ravi (7 Episodes)

  45. Anthony Benson

    Norman (7 Episodes)

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Season Crew 6


  1. Robert Young

    Director (7 Episodes)


  1. Alan Bleasdale

    Alan Bleasdale

    Producer (7 Episodes)

  2. David E. Jones

    Producer (7 Episodes)


  1. Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello

    Music (7 Episodes)


  1. Alan Bleasdale

    Alan Bleasdale

    Writer (7 Episodes)


Episodes 7

June 6, 1991

Firebrand Labour leader Michael Murray is swept into office on a tide of rhetoric. His first act is to "reform education", but it looks suspiciously like a personal vendetta against Mr. Weller, the headmaster who had once sent him, as a boy, to a special school for disturbed children. When Murray is summoned by the renowned political theorist, Mervyn Sloan, he is told that great things are expected of him. But Sloan also firmly insists that a general strike be called in Murray's city to challenge the Conservative Government. When one of Murray's council members, who has a weakness for the bottle, fails to ensure pickets are sent to one particular school, a disastrous conflict ensues between Murray and Jim Nelson, who is unfortunately headmaster of a school for special needs children.

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June 13, 1991

Michael Murray is beginning to realise that his new-found political "friends" are not being entirely above-board with him.

Jim Nelson, meanwhile, gains some respite from Murray's persecution when he becomes a local hero in a tragic accident. Though his attempt to save his pupil, Robbie Burns, is not successful, his efforts earn him the undying loyalty of Robbie's father, Norman, and his formidable brothers. After a time, however, Murray resumes the pressure and Jim begins to come unravelled, manifesting as a new phobia for bridges. His doctor refers him to a psychiatrist, Dr. Goldup.

At the hotel where Murray is carrying out most of his plotting, his eye is caught by a new arrival, a beautiful and poised woman called Barbara Douglas.

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Sloane and Barnes announce matter-of-factly that explosive racial violence shall be provoked in the city. When Murray denounces them and begins to storm out of the room, Barnes asks if the name Eileen Critchley means anything to him. Murray freezes on the spot and goes into spastic twitches. Jim Nelson decides he needs a holiday at term break, to get away from the pressure of Murray's pickets, and plans an itinerary that avoids crossing any bridges. Murray is falling under the spell of Barbara Douglas, who keeps him at arm's length. Meanwhile, she visits Michael's mother, pretending to be a social worker, and leaves a note for Michael--signed "Eileen Critchley". Franky has finally had enough. He abandons Michael and drives off with the council car, in order to take his wife and children, as well as his mother, on an impromptu holiday to the seaside.

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Message Sent

June 27, 1991

Michael Murray has reached panic level, and sends the researcher, Philip, on a mission to find three people: his missing brother Franky (along with the council car), his mother, and Eileen Critchley.

Frank Twist catches up with Jim Nelson to tell him that an important local party meeting has been called. The meeting is to be packed with "new members" consisting of the trouble-makers under Peter's direction.

Barbara's attempt to obtain Mr. Weller's old school records for Michael Murray and Eileen Critchley fail, and Weller deposits the incriminating evidence with Jim Nelson, on the night before he leaves on holiday. Lou Barnes tells Barbara that they now have Murray at breaking point, but because they do not yet have Weller's documents, Murray must be "relaxed" a bit, and Barbara will have to do the job. It looks like it's Michael's lucky night.

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July 4, 1991

The Nelsons finally arrive in North Wales, thinking they have escaped their tormentors. Trouble is pursuing them, however, and mein Host at the holiday camp isn't without his problematic side, either.

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July 11, 1991

It starts to dawn on Michael and Jim that they are pawns in a much bigger game. Barbara questions who her real allies are.

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Over and Out

July 18, 1991

Friday is the day designated for the showdown. Michael has had the local Labour Party meeting called to have Jim Nelson removed from membership; Lou Barnes has decreed this same day for Michael Murray's destruction.

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